"PETER taketh a Survey of the Furniture of their Heads."

— Wolcot, John, pseud. Peter Pindar, (1738-1819)

Place of Publication
Printed for John Walker
"PETER taketh a Survey of the Furniture of their Heads."
Metaphor in Context
Peter, with his poetical Broomstick, belaboureth foreign Tyrants.--Taketh the Part of the oppressed Poor.--Asketh Tyrants knotty and puzzling Questions.--Giveth a Speech of Cato.--Peter seriously informeth them that they are not like the Lord.--Peter taketh a Survey of the Furniture of their Heads.--Peter solemnly declareth that the Million doth not like to be ridden. --Giveth an insolent Speech of Tyrants, and calleth them Highwaymen.--The Taylor and the Satin Breeches.--The Shoemaker and the Shoes.--Peter lamenteth that there should besome who think it a Sin to resist Tyrants.-- Adviseth them to read Æsop's Fables.

o, and what are ye, sceptred bullies?--speak,
That millions to your will must bow the neck,
And, ox-like, meanly take the galling yoke?
Philosophers your ignorance despise;
Ev'n Folly, laughing, lifts her maudlin eyes,
And freely on your wisdoms cracks her joke.
(p. 34)
Searching "furniture" and "head" in HDIS (Poetry)
2 entries in ESTC (1794).

Pathetic odes. The Duke of Richmond’s Dog Thunder, and the Widow’s Pigs - a Tale: The Poor Soldier of Tilbury Fort: Ode to Certain Foreign Soldiers: Ode to Eastern Tyrants: The Frogs and Jupiter--a Fable: The Diamond Pin and Candle--a Fable: The Sun and the Peacock--a Fable. By Peter Pindar, Esq. (London: Printed for John Walker, No. 44, Paternoster-Row, 1794). <Link to ESTC>
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.